Technology is changing so rapidly that it is creating whole new career areas. With computer science skills and your amazingness, you can stay ahead of the game.
By Dr Cathy Foley, Deputy Director and Science Director, Manufacturing Flagship, CSIRO
When I went to school, there were no computers. Fast forward 40 years and they’re so much a part of our lives it’s hard to imagine a world without them – in fact they are part of all new career areas.
Today’s world changes quickly, and your future career might be very different to those available now. Computing, robotics and automation are rapidly shifting the way we work and play. We expect that 44% of today’s jobs will not exist in 20 years’ time.
Anyone can learn about computers – how to program them and use computing power to access extraordinary volumes of information. If you get the chance to learn how to write a computer program, jump at it! Many of the world’s richest and most successful people have backgrounds in science and digital technologies, and developing similar skills will make you very employable for new career areas.
The possibilities with computer science (CS) are endless – and the work itself is great fun! I studied science and maths at high school and learnt computing at university, which has led to a very fulfilling career.
Careers with Code magazine is the perfect way for you to learn more about digital technologies and how you can use, control and benefit from them. I know I’ll need to employ a lot more computer experts in the future in many new career areas. I hope you’ll come and join me someday!
By Alan Noble, Engineering Director, Google Australia
Technology doesn’t stand still, and nor do new career areas. Technological transformation in all areas of our lives has never been more rapid, nor given rise to more opportunities, than it has for today’s students. It will revolutionise the work we do and create incredible opportunities for those who are ready.
It’s hard to imagine, but just 10 years ago, careers such as smartphone app developer didn’t exist. We were excited about driver-assisted reverse parking– but didn’t dream of driverless cars. We timed our runs on our watches – and never imagined we’d wear fitness devices that measure more than just distance and time.
In just 10 years, we’ve seen an explosion in wearable devices that monitor your health, help you connect with others via video with a single click, and enable you to access your entire workplace in the palm of your hand, from anywhere in the world.
Today, technology is leading to breakthrough innovations in every field and in every part of the world, from the depths of the oceans to the highest mountain peaks. People with a strong foundation in computer science (CS), an ability to think big and a passion to make a difference, will build our future world.
Careers in cross-disciplinary industries will result in innovations like self-driving cars, 3D printing of prosthetic limbs and drone delivery of critical medical supplies. For people with a passion for transport or healthcare, the addition of CS to these disciplines is creating truly impactful and exciting opportunities.
At the intersection of CS and your passion, innovative careers and industries will emerge, and you’ll have the chance to take on the world’s biggest challenges.
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